Book Reviews

Between Shades of Gray Book Poster Image
age 12+
Harrowing, moving account of life in Stalin's labor camps.
By Ruta Sepetys
(2011)
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Esperanza Rising Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Historical fiction at its best in story of '30s farmworkers.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2000)
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Turtle in Paradise Book Poster Image
age 10+
Depression-era story teaches history, meaning of family.
By Jennifer Holm
(2010)
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Hattie Big Sky Book Poster Image
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age 10+
Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
By Kirby Larson
(2006)
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Woods Runner Book Poster Image
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age 12+
Page-turner peppered with Revolutionary War history.
By Gary Paulsen
(2010)
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
age 10+
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2009)
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Book Poster Image
age 9+
Brilliant high-seas adventure is a classic.
By Avi
(1990)
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Copper Sun Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Raw, well-researched story of young slave girl.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2006)
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The Underneath Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Gripping story is loving, lyrical, but has brutal violence.
By Kathi Appelt
(2008)
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The Quest Begins: Seekers, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 10+
Slow start to series about talking bears on quest.
By Erin Hunter
(2008)
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Elijah of Buxton Book Poster Image
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age 9+
Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
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Fantastic Mr. Fox Book Poster Image
age 6+
Dahl's satisfying Robin Hood tale.
By Roald Dahl
(2007)
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Book Poster Image
age 8+
Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
By Brian Selznick
(2007)
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Incantation Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Young teens may find powerful Inquisition book too violent.
By Alice Hoffman
(2006)
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Book Poster Image
age 12+
Intense, powerful Holocaust book offers unique perspective.
By John Boyne
(2006)
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The Book Thief Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Powerful testament to humanity in Nazi Germany.
By Markus Zusak
(2006)
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Day of Tears : A Novel in Dialogue Book Poster Image
age 9+
Interesting story of historic slave auction.
By Julius Lester
(2006)
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Where the Red Fern Grows Book Poster Image
age 9+
Tearjerker about country boy and his hound dogs.
By Wilson Rawls
(1961)
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Crispin: The Cross of Lead Book Poster Image
age 9+
Start of an exciting medieval adventures series.
By Avi
(2005)
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Watership Down Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Thinking person's bunny story will appeal to kids.
By Richard Adams
(1972)
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